CHAPTER7

Online Experiments

It is unlikely that cable TV, telephone lines, and microwave links will serve to deliver information from remote databases to the consumer.

—Bill von Meister, founder of The Source

The Source and CompuServe were watching each other carefully. CompuServe watched as The Source tried and failed to sell small networks to businesses (its Professional Exchange program). Scratch one idea. The Source didn't take the hint from CB Simulator and Forums, which set it back competitively. Then both companies tried to broaden the market base by selling the one thing most potential customers didn't have: a computer.

Actually, they would offer individual terminals, dedicated computers that did one job—communicate online. The Source ...

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